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Women's America: Refocusing the Past 7th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0195388329
ISBN-10: 0195388321
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"Gets better and better with each new edition. Broad and deep, this rich selection of essays and primary documents has uncommonly helpful headnotes. A teacher's dream."--Gary B. Nash, University of California, Los Angeles

"The fields of women's history and gender studies are some of the most dynamic areas of current research and scholarship. Professors Kerber and DeHart have kept a pace with this evolution. The Fifth edition of Women's America, with over thirty new essays and documents, reflects some of the most exciting work in the field. Carefully selected primary documents give readers a sense of the flesh and blood realities that have defined the lives of women across racial, ethnic, regional and class lines for nearly four centuries. The perfect teaching tool."--Barbara Ransby, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Kerber and De Hart have dramatically improved what was already a very effective tool for introducing students to American women's history. The fifth edition of Women's America integrates the personal with the historical, captures the voices and issues of women from a wide range of cultural and social backgrounds, and brings their history to life. Presenting some of the best writing in the field, it will stimulate lively discussion and debate on gender and diversity issues, past and present, and also add significantly to students' general understanding of American history."--Maureen Murphy Nutting, North Seattle Community College

"I have assigned every edition of Women's America since the first, and this is without question the best."--Daniel J. Wilson, Muhlenberg College

"This new edition is even better, reflecting growing knowledge about women as they defined and defied expectations, struggled and survived, and reshaped the possibilities of American life. The editors' Introduction and Conclusion do more than frame the rich offerings of the book. They offer bold and challenging interpretations that will revise our understanding of women's history."--Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Smith College

"Fabulous resource for a U.S. Women's History course--great combination of primary and secondary material. Great to have the new edition with updated topics."--Amy Sue Bix, Iowa State University

"Perfect balance of thoughtful essays and appropriate documents. I have used this for years and will continue."--Deborah A. Symonds, Drake University

"I need a book that recognizes processes of colionialism, colonization, imperialism, race relations, etc. in the WEST! (i.e. outside of the standard New England venue) To teach effectively here in CA, I need a book with a much broader, comparative perspective!"--Rebecca Mead, UCLA

"I need a book that recognizes processes of colonialism, colonization, imperialism, race relations, etc. in the WEST! (i.e. outside of the standard New England venue) To teach effectively here in CA, I need a book with a much broader, comparative perspective!"--Rebecca Mead, UCLA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


Linda K. Kerber is May Brodbeck Professor in the Liberal Arts & Sciences at the University of Iowa. She is the author of several books, including No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies (1999) and Toward an Intellectual History of Women (1997). She has served as President of the Organization of American Historians and the American Studies Association and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Sherron De Hart is Professor Emerita of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Co-author of Sex, Gender, and ERA: A State and the Nation (OUP, 1990), and winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award (1991), she specializes in twentieth-century issues of gender, politics, and policy. She is currently completing a study of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg that blends biography and legal history.

Cornelia Hughes Dayton is Associate Professor of History at the University of Connecticut. The author of Women Before the Bar (1995), she is currently writing a book about the life stories of those with mental disorders and their caretakers in eighteenth-century America. She recently launched a new website supplementing her essay "Taking the Trade" about a 1740s abortion trial.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 7 edition (July 9, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195388321
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195388329
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have used various editions of this book for the past four years in teaching a women's history course at a college-preparatory, single-sex independent high school. I have found this to be an incredibly complete anthology and the new edition is even better than the previous ones. My only complaint about the new edition is that the editors -- both renowned historians in the field -- on a few occasions shortened the articles to the point that the context needed to understand them was missing. However, because of the brevity of the articles, it is the perfect anthology for an introductory course.
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I originally purchased this book for a college course; now it sits on my bookshelf, never to be resold. I rarely have enjoyed reading for my classes, but this book not only captures the heart of the female struggles throughout history--it gives examples of the women who lived them.

This book presents the reader with an in-depth analysis of women's traditional roles and their active fight for change while explaining the conditions that determined the feminine experience in different historical periods. But the best benefit of the book was actually learning, and realizing, that the world that my generation (the 20 somethings) was born into is radically different from that of females 50, 40, 30, 20, and even 10 years before us. I realize now that many freedoms I take for granted should be cherished, and more freedoms should be fought for.
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I got this book for a Women in History class, and found the content to be fascinating. The focus is on women and what they experienced through American history from the 1600's to the present. Many of the articles are about ordinary women, their lives, their marriages, their restrictions, their struggles, but there are also many great articles about notable women and their achievements despite great odds. This book is a compilation of articles on a whole range of topics, and I can say I probably learned more from this particular book than just about any history book I've read. I was left with a whole new appreciation for what women have gone through in the last several hundred years. I'll add that this book does not have an angry feminist slant as some might expect (I expected this myself going into the class and the book). Rather, it just tells the history of what happened and "what was" in a way that was pretty devoid of any particular social position. You are left to draw your own conclusions about what you read. Of particular interest were articles about the witchcraft hysteria, Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, and the practice of abortion in early America. The articles were beyond fascinating and I learned so much that I had had no idea about before. Well worth reading even if you aren't in a class.
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Bought for a few specific articles for class, but kept to read again and again.
A very interesting book with many different views of Women's History and many different influential voices.

Decent condition, good shipping time
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So far I have read a bunch of the articles. If you are a historian interested in this kind of research you may really really like this book, I am reading it for a class and I can take it or leave it because it's not my favorite field.

If you are just some regular non scholarly person off the street I doubt you will enjoy this book much.
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I read about a quarter of this book for a Gender Studies and History class. This book comprises very little of the author's own interpretation of women in history and instead comprises more of many scholarly journals written by people who have studied women in American history. The book also has many interesting primary documents in its contexts like Anne Hutchinson's trial and documents for some of the first unions and societies for reform. Many of the journals were based on many interesting topics. I found that the journal about women and women relationships in the 1800s was very interesting and gave a clear insight into culture and acceptable behavior during the Victorian era. Though some of the journals were a bit dry, I am going to keep this book around for a good reference.
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I was pleasantly surprise to be able read and learn about women's issues and contribution to society, without the hardnose feminist slants being jammed down our throat and the frequent bashing of the male population. Very interesting reading and it is time to give these women pioneers their due.
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By Acey916 on December 31, 2013
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Interesting text book. Not really like a typical textbook, its mostly independent essays/short stories about the United States greatest women activist and women who helped changed America for the better. I took Womens History in the United States of America, and our Professor used this book, it was fun College Class overall, the textbook had some memorable readings. Only gets 3 out of stars because it was still a textbook for school. Better than expected tho!
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